Nelson Tasman Housing Trust

Our Vision

Everyone in our community has a home.

Our Mission

To increase the supply of quality, affordable, healthy homes and housing services for people/whānau in need, while upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


Since 2000, Nelson Tasman has been one of the least affordable housing regions in New Zealand.  Increases in rents and home prices here have far surpassed increases in wages and benefits for a long time.


The Trust was established in 2004 as a community response to the housing crisis in Nelson and Tasman. We work alongside the New Zealand Government, local Councils, and many other community agencies to improve access to good quality, affordable housing for people on low incomes.

Housing Portfolio

NTHT owns and manages 44 rental properties in Nelson and Tasman. In addition, NTHT provides housing advice, monitors housing need and administers the Warmer Healthier Homes insulation scheme.  NTHT has plans to grow, and we will build six more 2-bed homes in 2021.


Update - March 2021

NTHT previously managed the Nelson City Council (NCC) pensioner housing units.  However, NCC has sold this housing to Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing NZ).


To apply for one of these units, you must now contact MSD on 0800 559 009 and request a ‘housing assessment’. MSD will ring you back and conduct a telephone interview to understand all aspects of your housing needs. When MSD approves you for the Housing Register, you are then on the waitlist for a suitable Kāinga Ora property. 


Our Partners

We appreciate our productive relationships with:

Contact Info

Open Hours:

Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm



03 546 9568

0800 266 325



Trafalgar House, 329 Trafalgar Square East, Nelson 


(at corner of Selwyn Place and Trafalgar Square East, between Atelier Gallery and SASH)


Postal address:

PO Box 140

Nelson 7040